Unless you’ve been living under a rock in 2020, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s Nintendo’s second-best-selling game this year, selling over 22.4 million copies since its release. For many gamers, it’s also been an important escape from this tumultuous year.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been praised within the LGBTQ+ community in particular for fostering positive mental health and friendships. Honestly, when I said I wanted to hang out with my friends on an island in 2020, I meant Mykonos, not Stardives (my island). Although, I suppose I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed bashing my friends over their heads as revenge for stealing flowers from my Pride flag.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has proven to be a safe space for many LGBTQ+ fans. A recent Nielsen survey reports that “10% of all gamers over the age of 18 identify as LGBTQ+ and that they spend more on games than their peers”. With the huge success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it’s no wonder LGBTQ+ folk have flocked to it. And, of course, you’ll want to share your pride in style!
How Is The Trevor Project Fighting LGBTQ+ Suicide?
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ for young people under 25. And, on National Suicide Prevention Day, they launched their first digital clothing collection in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
If you’re after this bright and colorful clothing collection, it’s easy to get your virtual hands on it! All you need to do is unlock the Able Sisters, then use the Custom Design Portal to search for the creator code: MA-7248-1702-1536. My favourite piece of clothing is the sweater, so I’ve included the item code for you down below.
These funky orange t-shirts, hats, and hoodies are limited edition, so make sure you snap them up quick! By wearing these clothes and sharing them with your villagers, you can show your support for LGBTQ+ youth and raise awareness of suicide prevention best practices.
If you missed these for National Suicide Prevention Day, don’t worry! September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Now, more than ever, it’s important to check in on your loved ones. With significant decreases in in-person support systems, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has helped a significant number of LGBTQ+ people, including myself, feel a little less alone.
If you need someone to talk to there are dozens of professional outlets that can offer you help and support. Samaritans is a UK-based charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. If you need someone to talk to, contact Samaritans here. Learn more about preventing LGBTQ youth suicide with The Trevor Project here.
Featured Image Credit: The Trevor Project